Vol. 5 Issue 30 | July 26, 2019

Vol. 5 Issue 30 | July 26, 2019

Three Things This Week

1. World Cup Weekend

What it is: No, not soccer. The Fortnite World Cup starts Friday.

Why it’s huge: Wondering why you’ve been hearing even more about Fortnite lately? (Is that even possible?!) This is why. The first-ever, $30-million, multipart competition is what Fortnite enthusiasts have been waiting for. All the biggest esports stars will be there, and the whole thing will be streaming for free basically everywhere (including while playing the game). If you have a fan in your household, it’s a good chance to enter their world by watching some of the competition with them and having them explain the ins and outs to you. It’s also a good chance to help foster IRL community by encouraging them to have their friends over to watch and play together. And when the hype of the weekend dies down, leaving a void, it’s a perfect chance to step in with other activities to remind them that Fortnite is just one small part of life 🙂

2. Gen Screen’s Self-Esteem

What it is: To no one’s surprise, teen self-esteem has plummeted, and most experts believe the decline is linked to screen time.

Why there’s hope: Social media is an incessant act of comparison, constantly reminding our kids they don’t measure up, will never be enough, or never have enough. And while physical activity, service projects, more time outside, and media fasts can all be great ways to combat comparison and kick-start a healthy view of self, self-esteem does have its limitations since it’s often based on achievements. Instead, help your teen practice self-compassion by treating themselves with kindness, grace, and acceptance. The truth is they are enough because their worth isn’t earned but freely given as a “chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the ‘Beloved’ from all eternity.” To remind them who they are, read Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved as a family or watch this beautiful interview with theologian and humanitarian Jean Vanier.

3. Football FTW!

What it is: When Christian, a boy with Autism, invited his friends to his ninth birthday party and only one person RSVPed, a high school football team stepped up.

Why it’s what the world needs more of: As his mom explained, because Christian is autistic, many of his peers don’t understand his differences. Some of them even ignored him or told him no when he invited them to his party. Luckily, the local football coach saw her post explaining her sadness and frustration and asked his team to attend the party. They immediately and enthusiastically said yes. At the party, they chanted Christian’s name, brought him presents, and played games with him, all of which caused him to say it was “the best birthday ever!” It’s a great reminder of how our teens want to make a difference; sometimes they just need adults to nudge them toward the opportunities around them.

Spotlight: Anxious about your child starting college in a few short weeks? Will they make friends? Will they get into trouble? Will their faith take a backseat? Check out our brand-new Parent’s Guide to College Prep, which offers practical tips for setting your child up for success, not just in academics, but in their faith as they embark on this new journey.

Upcoming Movies

The barrage of new movies and movie trailer coming out each week can be hard to keep up with all of it. And even though streaming services are booming, teens still view going to the theater as a fun way to meet up with friends and escape the craziness of the real world for a couple hours. With school right around the corner, here are some movies coming out in the next month your kids may hope to cram in before going back to early mornings and long nights of homework.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26)

Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film follows a Hollywood actor and his stunt double as they navigate a Hollywood that barely recognizes them anymore. The peppy, vintage feel of its 1969 setting and real-world connections to Sharon Tate and the Charles Manson murders may intrigue your teens. This one comes out tonight, so prepare to be hearing about it, if you haven’t already!

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (August 2)

A departure from the entire Fast and Furious crew, this film follows Dwane Johnson’s and Jason Statham’s characters (previously pitted against each other) as they work together to stop a super-enhanced super-villain. Lots of fighting and explosions and car stunts are sure to appeal to teen viewers.

The Art of Racing in the Rain (August 9)

Based on the popular YA novel of the same name, a dog recounts the stories of his life with his owner, a former race car driver. If your child likes dogs, or crying, this is sure to be one they will want to see, especially if they’ve read the book.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August 9)

Another book adaption, this Guillermo del Toro film follows a pretty standard horror plot of teens finding a spooky book in a spooky house and spooky things happen when it comes to life. The PG-13 rating means more teens will see it, as well as a good chance to prove your bravery on a date (the movie move, anyone?).

Good Boys (August 16)

Seth Rogen is back with Superbad—but with 12-year-olds. The gradual increase of over-the-top hijinks and portrayal of relatable situations pre-teens face may have your kids begging you to take them (since it’s very appropriately rated R).

Keep the Faith!

The Axis Team

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